Wednesday, 18 April 2018

LSARRC News 17th April 2018

It was another busy week for Lytham members with Graham Webster impressing at the Northern Masters and junior Rebecca Fisher gaining 2 more medals.

On Wednesday 11th April 2018 Graham Webster attended the Spenborough ac track and field Northern Masters at Cleckheaton near Leeds where he ran 3 races. The 400metres in 80.1seconds coming 5th and 2nd vet65.  800metres Webster was 5th again and 2nd vet 65 in 2mins.51.6seconds.
Lastly, he ran 1500metres in 5mins'46.5 seconds coming 5th 1st vet 65. Webster achieved well given he was just getting over a cold virus and the conditions were very cold.

Rebecca Fisher
Rebecca Fisher achieved two more silver medals o Sunday 15th April at Trafford open meeting.  Fisher came 2nd with 13.52s for hurdles and her discus debut at 14.12 m was enough to steal a silver medal.

Greg Oulton and Chris Bowker attended the Lakeland Trails Hawkshead 17k on Saturday. Only 16k (10 miles) but with over 1600 feet of ascent, rocks, mud and steep climbs and descents, including the appropriately named Coffin Trail, the 800-year-old, mile and a bit long cobbled ascent over the mountain. Bowker came 153rd in 1:52:20 and Oulton came 155th in 1:54:06.

On Sunday 15th April it was the ever popular, 1st event of the Fylde Tri Series.  Flat, fast sprint triathlon on quiet country lanes in and around the Ribby Hall Leisure Village.  Ideal for first timers or those wanting an early season PB. Athletes complete a 400m swim, 10.5 miles bike ride followed by a 5K run.  Adrian Sargent of Lytham achieved a total time of 1:12:42, 7:11 swim, 40:25 bike and 25:04 run.
Penny and Lee Morrison

Penny Morrison ran the Three Bridges 10k on Sunday 15th April.  Starting at the clubhouse next to Salt Ayre Sports Centre, the scenic route is almost entirely traffic free, and crosses three bridges spanning the historic River Lune. The course is mainly flat and fast and is ideal for park runners wishing to try a longer distance.  Penny Morrison time; 1:12:15. Lee Morrison also ran it in a time of 51:30, his first 10k race since his hip operation last year! The sun came out just before the start and was very warm, which made for a very enjoyable race.  James Buckley also ran the 3 Bridges achieving a time of 50:43 (with buggy). He was awarded a bottle of wine for being first buggy (ever) to do the run.

Club member Pamela Hardman booked herself on a 5 day trail running holiday in the Dordogne 10th -15th April -after running 100km through the trail paths of all the little villages around the Dordogne area she finished off with attending one of the local trail races of the year, it was either the 10k (ended up at 11km) or 20k. Hardman took on the 10k and came in 61mins and won her age category with a small prize and a large trophy to come home with, a lovely end to the holidays.

As usual there were lots of club members who completed local parkruns and were tourists at other parkruns around the country.  At the Lytham parkrun Chris McCarthy first home for the club, and second overall. Followed by Neil Tate and Alex Tate coming 3rd and 5th, respectively.  Catherine Carrdus was first female home for the club, and second female overall. Darran Ames achieved a new personal best time.

Full Results:  Chris McCarthy 17:27 (2nd), Neil Tate 18:45 (3rd), Alex Tate 18:54 (5th), Catherine Carrdus 19:19 (8th), Ross McKelvie 20:34 (11th), Jennifer Hill 21:15 (16th), Darran Ames 20:47 (13th) John Bertenshawe 21:26 (18th), Morgan Pritchard 22:07 (25th), Graham Webster 22:08 (26th), Mark Hughes 22:17 (27th), G Browne 22:40 (30th), James Buckley 22:51 (32nd), Kev Murray 23:01 33rd, Gill Draper 23:17 (37th), Jason Sheridan 26:35 (80th), Stephen Tate 27:27 (89th), Gillian Oliver 29:24 (122nd), Karen Lanigan 30:20 (132nd), Robert Parker 31:31 (157th), Graham Young 32:01 (163rd), Sarah Bagshaw 32:11 (168th)Bob Clough 35:23 (185th) and Julie Wiseman 39:01 (208th).

The Blackpool parkrun was attended by Paul Veevers who came 4th overall in a time of 18:53 and Heid Haigh who ran 23:43 for 34th and 5th female.  At the Basingstoke parkrun Neil Bayntun-Roberts ran the course in 20:31 for 24thand at the Warrington parkrun Ian Tate came 15th in 21:29. Kirsten Burnett was a tourist park runner at Newby Bridge she ran 29:25 for 27th female spot.

There were several junior members at the Park View junior park run on Sunday, and there were some fine performances.  The first 3 spots went to Lytham runners, Morgan Pritchard, Frankie Ball and Jayden Richardson.  Clemmie Tierney broke 9 minutes for a new personal best of 8:55.

Full Results: Morgan Pritchard 7:32, Frankie Ball 7:53, Jayden Richardson 8:02, Finlay Hughes 8:27, Clemmie Tierney 8:55, Blair Selbie 10:07, Ella Wiseman 10:47, and Hebe Tierney 11:39.

Monday, 16 April 2018

LSARRC News 10th April 2018

Gold for junior Frankie Ball in the 800metres track and field event, at Blackburn and 3 Lytham members dazzle at the Manchester Marathon.
Frankie Ball

On Saturday 7th April 2018 t was the first Mid-Lancashire Track and field meeting of the season, held at Witton Park, Blackburn.  Lytham juniors celebrated their 10th birthday with their best turn out for some time, seven athletes competed in over fourteen events with five of those making their debut for Lytham.

In the under 13 boy Frankie Ball ran in the in the 800m, his well-timed race led him to finishing first.  This was not only his debut on the track for Lytham but his first ever track race. Despite his inexperience Frankie ran an excellent race taking the lead after the initial mad dash from 700m to go and was never in danger of being caught finishing first in 2m 38.4s for 7 points. Frankie also ran an excellent 200m finishing 3rd in the fastest heat in a very credible time of 29.2s for a further 5 points. Under 13 girl Amara Thorpe was the first to fly the flag for Lytham finishing 3rd in her heat of the 100m in 15.9s, picking up three points for the club. Thorpe went on to compete in the 200m finishing in 33.8s for a further three points and in the long jump she jumped 2.88m, a personal best.

All-rounder Sophie Bohannon, in her second season on the track for Lytham ran in a very competitive under 13 girls 800m race and finished strongly to take 2nd place in a personal best time of 2m 34.7s, earning 5 points for Lytham.

Under 15 girl Brogane Murphy, in her first season with Lytham ran well in the 1500m for 4th place in division 2 with a time of 5m 47.8s earning 3 points. Murphy also competed in the long jump with a best jump of 3.24m picking up a further 2 points.

Also making his debut for Lytham on the track was under 13 boy Morgan Pritchard. Morgan chose the 1500m for his first ever track race finishing with an excellent sprint finish in a time of 5m 33.4s for second place in division 2 and 5 points. Morgan also ran the 200m finishing 3rd in his heat and 4th in division 2 for 3 points in a time of 33.1s.

Laura Bremner in her second season on the track for Lytham ran in the 1500m finishing 2nd in division 2 in a time of 5m 57.1s for 5 points.

Under 13 girl Rebecca Fisher continues to impress for Lytham finishing 2nd in her heat of the 70m hurdles in a personal best time of 13.7s earning 3 points for Lytham. Fisher picked up a further 7 points in the high jump clearing 1.2m for first place in division 2.
Gill Draper

On Sunday 3 Lytham members travelled to Manchester for the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon.  It is the flattest course in the UK, perfect for a persona best, and the route was held on entirely closed roads.  Great entertainment was put n for all spectators making it an enjoyable event.  The race started and finished near Old Trafford cricket ground and went through the towns of Sale, Altrincham and Urmston. Conditions were perfect for the 10,000 runners, a cool, dry and cloudy day with little wind and there was a great atmosphere with crowds lining the course providing vocal support. Joe Greenwood completed his 2nd marathon in 3:14, close to a 1 hour PB from his previous in 2012 in 1,036th place. Gill Draper completed her 1st marathon in 3:19, finishing in 1,296th place, 63rd female and raised in excess of £1,500 for her chosen charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. Heidi Haigh finished in 2,996th place, 362nd female in 3:44.

On Saturday Greg Oulton went to Barley for the Pendle Hill fell race. A short, sharp shock of a race - 4.25 miles with 1400 feet of ascent, including one ascent where it wouldn't be possible to reach the summit without holding on with both hands. After the recent downpours it was very wet on the fells and fields with Oulton sinking in over his ankles for long stretches, and several of the paths were almost washed away making it very hard going. A torrential downpour just before the race meant it was even soggier than anticipated, but it was warm and dry, albeit not sunny, for the entire race. With a slightly different route compared to previous years it isn't possible to compare results with previous years, but Oulton’s time of 1:02:30 was faster than last year.

On Sunday Kirsten Burnett ran the Milan Marathon in 4:39:47.  Burnett commented that it was a great, well-supported marathon but the humidity made it difficult for runners.  However, the Arman souvenir race top made worth the hard work.  Ian Balshaw ran a Half Marathon in Berlin over the weekend and Andy Unsworth managed a time of 1:23:50 for a Half Marathon in Mallorca, Pollensa giving him a podium position.

In the Fleetwood 10K held on Sunday 9th April 2018 4 Lytham ladies competed. They had to change the course as there is still some promenade work going on. It was a very flat out and back course. Weather was perfect. Jennifer Hill had a very good run, Melanie Koth also ran well, and Sarah Bagshaw and Penny Morrison looked strong too on the way to the finish.

Full Results: Jennifer Hill 3rd Lady 42:48 20th overall, Melanie Koth 5th Lady, 1st V40, 45:15 35th overall, Sarah Bagshaw 1:07:15 247th overall and Penny Morrison 1:08:42 255 overall.

Also, on Sunday Greg Oulton decided to punish his legs even further by heading to Rivington for the 10-mile trail race.  Actually 10.25 miles, with just over 1000 feet of climb, but lots of mud to sap the energy from the legs. With a varied mixture of surface from road, trail, wooden boards, grass fields and fell there was something for everyone. Even with tired legs after Saturday Oulton was rather pleased with his 1:50:15 finishing time.

As usual, several Lytham members completed parkruns locally and further afield.  At the Lytham Hall parkrun 21 Lytham members completed the 5K course.  First for the club and second overall was Alex Tate.  Second, third, and fourth female spots went to Lytham runners, Catherine Carrdus, Joanna Goorney, and Heidi Haigh.  Darran and Ames an d Heidi Haigh also achieved personal best times.

Full Results:  Alex Tate 18:41 (1st), Catherine Carrdus 19:51 (7th), Joanna Goorney 20:29 (9th), Darran Ames 20:51 (11th), John Bertenshawe 21:34 (18th), Terry Hellings 21:52 (21st), Neil Tate 22:18 (27th), Heidi Haigh 23:01 (35th), Mark Hughes 24:50 (59th), Susan Hawitt (26:09 (73rd), Stephen Tate 26:37 (80th), Julie Wiseman 28:16 (105th), Gillian Oliver 29:00 (114th), Jennifer Hill 29:14 (117th), Pamela Binns 30:09 (127th), Ruth Bye 30:44 (137th), Karen Lanigan 30:59 (142nd), Kathy Gaunt 31:52 (151st), Michelle Sheridan 31:52 (152nd), Robert Parker 33:25 (165th), and Sara Bagshaw 34:02 (170th).

Neil Bayntun-Roberts finished 9th at the Basildon parkrun, finishing in 21:03.  Gerry Browne completed the Knocknacarra parkrun in Ireland.  He completed the course in 23:55 for 17th position overall.  Kirsten Burnett of Lytham was a parkrun tourist in Milan, Italy.  She completed the parkrun in 28:33 and came 54th overall and was the 7th female to finish.

At the junior parkrun in Lytham, held on Sunday 8 members finished the course.  Jayden Richardson was first home for the cub in 8:45 for 5th followed by Lewis Bentley in 8:57 for 7th.  Clemmie Tierney was the first female to finish, she ran he course in 9:02 for 8th overall.  Other runners included:  Billy Breakell in 9:05 for 9th,  Archie Tate in 9:10 for 11th Reef Breakell was 13th in a new personal best time of 9:55, Blair Selbie ran 10:00 for 15th, Charlotte Thomson was 16th in 10:08 and Sophie Tate finished volunteered and was the tail runner and finished in 17:34.

LSARRC are running a new couch 2 5K running course which will take place at Lytham YMCA, starting on 23rd April 6.30p.m., al welcome.  Anyone interested will need to register on the Run Together page.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

LSARRC News 3rd April 2018

Silver for junior athlete Rebecca Fisher in the high jump at Stretford and a 15-minute personal best for Ross McKelvie at the Easter London half marathon

Rebecca Fisher

It was a busy Easter weekend for LSARRC members on Saturday 31st March, junior LSARRC athlete Rebecca Fisher impressed at the Trafford AC Open Medal Meeting in Stretford.  Fisher’s dedication to training has certainly paid off and In the U13G 70M Hurdles Fisher came 2nd in her heat and 5th overall, gaining a new PB of 13.91. In the high jump Fisher impressively cleared 125cm which secured her a silver medal.

On Friday 30th March, Ross McKelvie made the trip to London for the Victoria Park Easter Half Marathon, racing the distance for the first time in two years. Looking for a specific time, McKelvie took advantage of the flat looped course and perfect racing conditions to smash his personal best by over 15 minutes, finishing 14th place in 1.18.28. A Good Friday indeed.

On the same day 9 LSARRC representatives completed the Caldervale 10.  Scheduled each year on Good Friday, this is a popular 10-mile road race that starts and finishes at Caldervale village. The undulating race route winds around some of the rural lanes of the surrounding area and includes one or two challenging climbs. Conditions this year were perfect for distance running.

First home for Lytham was Neil Tate in 01:06:42 for 15th place, followed soon after by his younger brother Alex Tate in 01:07:39 for 20th position. Big brother Ian Tate made up the LSARRC top 3 finishing in 01:15:56 for 53rd place. The first Lytham lady home was Kirsten Burnett in 01:30:31 for 130th position and Sylvia Gittins was first female in the age category V70 F.

LSARRC at Caldervale 10
The full list of LSARRC finishers: Neil Tate 15th 01:06:42; Alex Tate 20th 01:07:39;Ian Tate 53rd 1:15:56;  Richard Storey 129th 1:30:28; Kirsten Burnett 130th 1:30:31;Greg Oulton 150th 1:33:41; Sylvia Gittins 201st 1:45:27; Penny Morrison 225th 2:03:48 and Sarah Bagshaw 226th 2:03:52.

Club results for the Winter handicap have now concluded.  The Monthly Handicap is a long-standing regular feature of the Club's programme. Run on the last Thursday of every month, though this changes occasionally in December, the handicap has a chasing start with the slowest competitor off first, with following runners having timed handicapped starts based on their best recent time.

There are two courses, a winter town route of 3.45 miles and a summer rural course of 4.35 miles and an annual points competition for those who wish to take part in the handicaps year-round.  Handicap Results: Congratulations to Susan Samme winning the race, in her first run on the course for at least seven years.  Congratulations and commiserations to Christopher McCarthy on setting a PB of 19:09, but unfortunately he was 3 seconds short of moving up into all-time second place - Joe Greenwood's 19:07 from March 17 still has the edge. PBs also for Darran Ames, Gillian Oliver, and Thomas Howarth. Tom's was only a month old, having beaten his previous PB from March 2013 in February.  And now the top three positions for the year...1st Alex Tate – 316,
2nd Thomas Howarth – 300, and 3rd Graham Webster – 294.

At the Lytham Hall parkrun on Saturday 31st March 21 LSARRC members completed the course.  Thomas Howarth ran well o secure the 2nd spot at the parkrun and he club secured 1t, 2nd and 4th female places with Catherine Carrdus, Joanna Goorney and Jennifer Hill, respectively.

Full Results:  Thomas Howarth 18:26 (2nd); Andrew Draper 18:38 (6th); Catherine Carrdus 19:55 (13th overall, 1st female); Joanna Goorney 20:15 (18th overall, 2nd female), Jennifer Hill 21:00 (24th overall, 4th female);  Neil Tate 22:06 (43rd);  Webster 21:27 (32nd overall, 1st VM65-69); Terry Hellings 21:30 (33rd); John Graeme Bertenshawe 21:33 (34th); Morgan Pritchard 21:38 (37th); Eric Wrigley 25:29 (79th); Jason Sheridan 26:00 (88th); Kirsten Burnett 26:15 (90th); Stephen Tate 27:51 (123rd); Gillian Oliver 28:59 (138th);Ruth Bye 30:25 (164th); Kathy Gaunt 31:57 (184th); and Nicola Wiseman (volunteer/tail walker).

Darran Ames of Lytham did some parkrun tourism, Ames ran the Cheltenham parkrun in a sociable 23:19 (beating his second ever parkrun there of 27:09, this being his 79th) placed 71 from a field of 377, and helping his sister acquire a new PB in the process.  G Browne did the Armagh parkrun in 24:18 and Paul Veevers completed the Blackpool parkrun in 19:06 for 7th place.

At the junior park run in Lytham on Sunday, Morgan Pritchard was first home in 7:39. Clemmie Tierney ran the course in 9:38 for 1st female spot and Sophie Tate ran the course in 16:55.

Earlier in the week on 25th March 2018 Nicola Wiseman and Julie Wiseman of Lytham completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

LSARRC News 27th March 2018

On Saturday John Bertenshaw completed his 25th consecutive 'Coniston 14' race in Cumbria. It was a challenge he set himself back in 1994 when he first ran the race. Vet 60 John considers himself lucky to have stayed free of injury and illness at the right time to do all 25. John managed a respectable time of 01:47:55, about 20 minutes slower than his PB for the course but that was a good few years ago.

Two other Lytham St. Anne’s Road Runners tackled the hilly Coniston race, the 37th time this event has been run. In relatively Spring-like conditions combined with a few (early) ‘April’ showers, Catherine Carrdus was first home for the clubin 1:40:42 for 8th Female and 2nd F45, with Sylvia Gittins in 2:30:12 for 5th F65+.

At the Lytham parkrun on Saturday several Lytham members completed the course.  Andrew Draper was 1st home for the club and 1st overall. Neil Bayntun-Roberts ran just short of gaining a new personal best but secured 3rd spot in a time of 19:48.

Full Results:  Andrew Draper 17:44 (1st);Neil Bayntun-Roberts 19:48 (3rd);  Darran Ames 20:56 (10th); James Buckley 21:09 (12th); Morgan Pritchard 21:53 (18th); Graham Webster 21:54 (19th); Mark Hughes 22:12 (25th); Kev Murray 23:37 (36th); G Browne 24:16 (44th); Debbie Cooper 24:34 (47th);Susan Hawitt 25:13 (58th); Stephen Tate 26:42 (77th); Gillian Oliver 29:28 (112th) Jacqui Murray 29:55 (117th); Karen Lanigan 30:38 (125th); Michelle Sheridan 31:42 (132nd), Sarah Bagshaw 32:40 (139th); and Bob Clough 38:23 (161st).
Richard Harry Storey of Lytham travelled to Brueton parkrun and completed the course in 23:13. Felicity Wolohan completed the Princes parkrun in Liverpool and was 2nd female in 20:59.  Joanna Goorney was 1st female home in 20:08 at the Huddersfield parkrun.

On Sunday the junior parkrun at Park View in Lytham went ahead.  Frankie Ball finished 2nd in 7:35 which was a new personal best time.  Jayden Richardson also gained a new personal best time of 8:10 for 3rd.  Finlay Hughes ran 8:34 for 7th and Amara Thorpe 9:20 for 9th.  Blair Selbie was 15th out of 39 participants and ran the course in 10:33.

On Sunday three Lytham runners competed in the Garstang Gallop. Jason Sheridan, Peter Reid and Julia Rolfe were 74th, 89th and 97th consecutively. Julia was also the third FV55.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

LSARRC News 20th March 2018

A new club record for Felicity Wolohan

A new club record for Felicity Wolohan at the Trimpell race on Sunday 18th March, Wolohan broke her own club record of 2:21:41 for 20 miles by 1:17, taking it down to 2:20:24.

LSARRC at Trimpell 20
With snow falling on Saturday night and Sunday morning, several races in the North West were forced to cancel this weekend, including the Wilmslow Half Marathon and Wigan 10k. Fortunately, the Trimpell 20 Mile race in Lancaster fared better and saw a good turnout from Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners despite the bitterly cold, windy conditions.

The race is traditionally used by runners training for Spring Marathons, and as a largely flat course along the River Lune attracts runners from across the North of England. This year, the course featured a new section, diverting from the river at 15 miles to add an unwelcome hill and exposure to the strong winds!

Despite this challenge, the club prevailed taking both the Men’s (Andy Draper, Neil Tate, Joe Greenwood) and Women’s (Felicity Wolohan, Gill Draper, Mel Koth) team prizes, along with 1st Women’s V40 prize for Mel Koth.

Full Results:
Andy Draper (2:05:29), Neil Tate (2:13:54), Joe Greenwood (2:16:45), Felicity Wolohan (2:20:24), Gill Draper (2:34:01), Mel Koth (2:42:35), Kirsten Burnett (3:20:19), Rachael Wignall (4:00:15)

On Saturday 10th March, Lytham member Debbie Cooper did the Haworth Hobble, a 32 mile off road route. Cooper reported the day started wet and it rained, heavily at times for the first 10 miles, "we spent a lot of the time in the cloud on the hills, so no views!!"  Cooper said she didn't take her coat off for the first 22 miles, when it finally started to warm up. The rocky paths could easily have been mistaken for streams with so much water running down them. The rest was deep mud and some of the descents were only passable by sliding. Cooper slipped down a flight of 4 steps covered in mud at one point and thankfully ended up standing at the bottom on her feet, not sure how she got from the top. To finish off the day the last few miles were at times through snow that had drifted against walls. At one-point Cooper was up to her knees in snow and struggling to get her feet out. Cooper was just glad to finish and thought that she was heading for a personal worst time on this route. In the end, Cooper was a couple of minutes faster than last year, but still a way off her personal best time. However, not bad in those conditions, she finished in 6:34.04.

The Rome half marathon took place on Sunday 11th March on a cloudy morning with 10,000 runners heading to the outskirts of Rome city centre to run a straight-out race to the Ostia coastline. A 9:20 gun time meant a very early start. The route was undulating with two long, steady and very tedious inclines at the 3 and 6-mile points which were no mean feat and resulting in a very challenging second half of the race. A mixed bag of weather was also thrown into the mix whereby, 3 heavy down pours and strong headwinds were experienced en route. As runners approached the coast however, the sun shone brightly which made the finish line even more appealing. Jennifer Hill said the run was well supported en route by local Italians cheering and keeping the runners going! She crossed the line in 1:34:27, a personal best by 10 minutes, 67th female and 2nd GB female! It was Matthews very first half marathon and he finished in a very respectable 2:12:54. All in all a fabulous race in an equally fabulous city. The pizza, pasta and red wine was very much deserved and enjoyed!

Saturday saw the first Track and Field event of the year.  Four Lytham juniors braved the snow and wind to make their track and field debut for Lytham to compete in the misnamed Winter Warmup Track and Field meeting at Stanley Park on Saturday 17th.
Amara Thorpe
First to compete for LSARRC was Brogane Murphy.  Murphy has only been with the club a few months but has been very busy competing at cross country, road and now track and field. Her first event was the under 15 girls long jump and she had a very credible best jump of 3.16m in her first ever long jump competition for 14th place.  Murphy went on to compete in the 1500m where she finished as 3rd under 15 girl in a time of 5m 43s.  Clemmie Tierney also competed in her first ever long jump competition as finished as 14th under 11 girl with a best jump of 2.75m.  Under 13 girl Amara Thorpe also making her track and field debut for LSARRC finished 15th in the long jump with a best jump of 3.16m and third in her heat of the 100m in a time of 16.7s.  Rebecca Fisher competed in the under 13 girls 70m hurdles and finished 2nd in her heat in a time of 14.9s.
Clemmie Tierney
Graham Webster was the sole Lytham senior athlete representing Lytham and competed in the final event of the day, the 3000m finishing in a time of 12m 13.7s.

Also on Saturday 17th March, three intrepid Lytham runners braved the weather to travel to Cartmel, to race over the fells in bitterly cold temperatures, bitingly cold winds and snow flurries.

John Wild ran the 10k in approximately 1 hour 11 minutes (provisional results), Chris Bowker and Greg Oulton ran the 18k, finishing in approximately 2:02 his 6oth run of the year, and 2:11 for Bowker.

For Bowker this was his first ever run on the trails or fells and admitted to being surprised at how tough the races are, but he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to more, including taking part in the club's Fell Championship series.

At the weekly parkruns, Neil Bayntun Roberts ran just outside a personal best time to secure 4th place at Lytham Hall, and Darran Ames achieved a best time of 20:56 for 10th.

Full Results: Neil Bayton-Roberts 4th 19:52; Catherine Carrdus 6th 20:31; Joanna Goorney 8th 20:43; Neil Tate 9th 20:55; Darran Ames 10th 20:56; John Bertenshaw 18th 22:18; Morgan Pritchard 19th 22:24; Graham Webster 20th 22:25; Andrew Draper 26th 23:09; James Buckley 30th 23:20; Debbie Cooper 33rd 23:47; Jason Sheridan 44th 24:36; Mark Hughes 75th 27:07; Finlay Hughes 76th 27:08; Stephen Tate 77th 27:09;

Jennifer Hill ran the Blackpool parkrun at Stanley Park in Blackpool, she was 22nd overall and 2nd female in a time of 21:35.  Well dome to Frankie Ball who came 2nd in the junior parkrun at Park View on Sunday he achieved a tie of 7:54.

Friday, 16 March 2018

LSARRC News 13th March 2018

Top ten finish for Ross McKelvie at the Lancaster 10K and 1st spot for Sylvia Gittins at the Todmorden 10K for VF70.

Ross McKelvie ran the Mother’s Day 10k in Lancaster on Saturday as a warm up for some upcoming races. Temperatures were very mild indeed and runners were soon discarding gloves, hats and other layers as the route wound its way across the River Lune from St Georges Quay and out towards Morecambe. Support was great along the route with cow bells a plenty keeping runners going in the balmy conditions. I finished in 10th place in a time of 38.12.
LSARRC at Red Hot Toddy 10k

Three Lytham members travelled to Todmorden for the Red-Hot Toddy 10k, on Sunday 11th March.  A friendly club race in perfect cold but sunny conditions which saw the runners tacking steep climbs in the early stages, with over 500ft ascent within a mile.  They were then rewarded with sweeping views of the Pennines from quiet hilltop country roads before reaching the picturesque town, alongside river and canal, for a fast largely downhill finish.  Sylvia Gittins took home the prize for 1st VF70 with a time of 67:56. Ross McKelvie was 13th overall in 43:04 and Kirsten Burnett was 5th FV40 in 58:58.

Also, on Sunday Julia Rolfe competed in the Roddlesworth roller on Sunday.  A 9k undulating and challenging trail race, around the reservoir at Abbey Village and then steadily up through the woods and then returning to the village.  Rolfe achieved an excellent time of 52:06.

As usual, many Lytham members completed parkruns around the country.  At Lytham there were 18 club members.  Lytham had 4 runners in the top 5 and Graham Webster was the fastest in his age category once again.

Full Results: Joe Greenwood (18:25, 2nd), Andy Unsworth (18:35, 3rd), Alex Tate (18:38, 4th), Graham Webster (21:23, 14th), Neil Tate (22:12, 17th), Alan Elstone (22:24, 21st), James Buckley (22:27, 22nd), Chris Bowker (22:32, 23rd), John Bertenshaw (22:56, 26th), Finlay Hughes (23:50, 31st), Mark Hughes (23:51, 32nd), Stephen Tate (26:41, 65th), Jacqui Murray (31:53, 105th), Michelle Sheridan (33:53, 119th), Jason Sheridan (33:56, 120th), Sarah Bagshaw (34:32, 126th), Julie Wiseman (44:58, 145th) and Nicola Wiseman (46:09, 148th).

Heidi Haigh completed the Blackpool parkrun at Stanley Park, she achieved a time of 23:52.  Joanna Goorney was first female at the Huddersfield parkrun in 20:17 and Felicity Wolohan was first female at the Princes parkrun in Liverpool in a time of 20:43.  Further a field Neil Bayntun-Roberts visited the Barry Island parkrun and came 6th in 20:24.
parkview junior parkrun
On mothering Sunday five junior members finished the junior parkrun at Lytham.  Frankie Ball continued his success and gained a new personal best time of 7:39 for 2nd.  Jayden Richardson also achieved a new best time of 8:14 for 3rd.  Finlay Hughes was 6th in 8:36 and Clemmie Tierney ran 9:25 for 12th.  Blair Selbie also achieved a personal best time of 9:46 for 16th.

Friday, 9 March 2018

LSARRC News 6th March 2018

Promotion for Lytham men’s and vet’s team, who top the division 2 leader board in the Mid-Lancashire cross country league.  This is the second year running that the team has been promoted in this league, a great achievement.

LSARRC men at Ulverston
The final fixture of the Mid- Lancashire cross country league took place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 and was hosted by Glaxo Road Hill Harriers and held at Ulverston.

In the senior men’s race the first team for Lytham didn’t disappoint, coming 3rd overall, and the second team came 16th overall.  Mike Toft and Joe Greenwood led the way, in the cold conditions, coming in the top ten and top 20, respectively. Just outside the top 20, in 21st was Andrew Draper.  This was the final race of the league, and the great performances throughout the season means the men’s team will be promoted next year.  Full Results:  Mike Toft (9th, 34:31), Joe Greenwood (18th, 35:43), Andrew Draper (21st, 36:25), Neil Tate (32nd, 37:25), Paul Veevers (37th, 37:43),  Thomas Howarth (49th, 38:41), Jonathon Tuck (65th, 39:46), Graham Webster (110th, 43:20), Terry Hellings (114th, 43:38), Chris Bowker (146th, 47:41), Jason Sheridan (155th, 51:54), Roy Stevens (160th, 54:08), and Greg Oulton (161st, 54:18).

Senior Ladies at Ulverston
In the ladies’ race 4 Lytham members competed.  Julia Rolfe ran the course in 35:40 for 63rd, closely followed by Pamela Hardman in 35:59 for 65th, Kirsten Burnett was 78th with a time of 39:50 and Dawn Lock managed to finish in 55:42 for 95th.  Overall, the team of Rolfe, Hardman and Burnett was 18th.

A depleted team of thirteen juniors from Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners made the trip.

Under 11 girls
In the Under 11 girls race Lytham were represented by five athletes.  First to finish the 2.2k race for Lytham was Jessica Ramsden finishing 29thin a time of 10.23, closely followed by Clemmie Tierney (32nd in 10.37).  Isabel Tuck (40th in 11.05), Leoma Gill (50th in 12.40) and the youngest member of the team eight-year-old Rosa Gill 54th in 14.12 completed the Lytham contingent who finished as 9th team.  The under 11 boys were next running the same course as the girls and the team of Lewis Bentley (18th in 9.14), Finlay Hughes (30th in 9.49) and Oliver Thomson (33rd in 10.20) finished 5th.

Under 13 girls
In the under 13 girls Sophie Bohannon ran her best race of the season to finish 2nd in a time 10.05 for the 2.6k race.  Brogan Murphy in her first season with Lytham has improved with every race and finished 21st in 11.09.

Under 13 boy Francis Ball in only his second race for Lytham ran an excellent race to finish 12th in a time of 11.21 for the 2.8k race.

The under 15 girls 2.8k race was next and representing Lytham well, were Laura Bremner (19th in 12.47) and Lucy Bohannon (23rd in 14.42).

Saturday saw the final event in the 315 Winter Series with 6 Lytham runners making the trip to freezing Lancaster.  In the 5k race Gill Draper had another excellent run in tough racing conditions and came home first Lady in 20.17.

First home for the men was Ross McKelvie in 4th place overall and a time of 18.03. Neil Baynton Roberts finished in 21.10, followed by Ian Balshaw in 24.25. Jake Balshaw braved the cold, windy morning and ran well representing the club juniors and crossed the line in 29.35.

In the 2 lap 10k event, Kirsten Burnett added to her impressive competitive mileage tally and ran strongly again and came in as a fantastic 5th lady in 53:50.

Across the UK, there were 409 cancellations for parkrun including Lytham Hall and Cuerden Valley.  Thankfully Blackpool went ahead and eight Lytham members attended the parkrun held at Stanley Park.  Jennifer Hill continued her good form, was the first female to finish and achieved a new personal best time.  Darran Ames was just 12 seconds short of achieving a personal best time, he managed to come 15th overall.  He was closely followed by first timer on this course Neil Bayntun-Roberts who came 18th.  James Buckley was 20th and managed a personal best time of 21:56 on his 70th parkrun.  G Browne also achieved a personal best time of 23:49 for 34th, as did Gillian Oliver who ran 29:53 for 114th.  Michelle Sheridan was 50th female and Ruth Bye completed her first Blackpool parkrun in 39:22.

Full Results:  Jennifer Hill (21:12, 12th), Darran Ames (21:32, 15th), Neil Bayntun-Roberts (21:39, 18th), James Buckley (21:56, 20th), G Browne (23:49, 34th), Gillian Oliver (29:53, 114th), Michelle Sheridan (34:20, 149th), and Ruth Bye (39:22, 168th).

Chris McCarthy ran the Big Half Marathon in London on Sunday, good conditions after the threat of cancellation due to snow. Race started at Tower Bridge and went around the city finishing at Cutty Sark.  McCarthy finished in 1:16:57 for 175th out of 11504.

Heidi Haigh

Further a field Heidi Haigh completed a marathon in Paphos, Cyprus in preparation for the ironman event in Lanzarote in May 2018.  The weather was warm but a little cloudy for the first 30K.  The event was very well organised, and Haigh said there was a great atmosphere.  On her 8th marathon Haigh finished in 4:05:30 knocking 20 minutes off her personal best time

The junior parkrun took place in Lytham on Sunday 5th March.  Four Lytham juniors braved the weather, Frankie Ball was first overall with a time of 7:48.  Finlay Hughes ran 8:39 for 3rd place.  Jayden Richardson was 5th in 9:28 and Blair Selbie ran 10:23 for 14th.